We have already described here why it is so extremely important to build a community or a network before starting a workation. But a community is not only important for starting a workation, it is also essential for all kinds of topics.
This post is about a 21 day challenge plan, so that you can reach your goal and simply make a start. You will not have a full community in the 21 days, it will take a little more time, you will have made a start. But be aware: This could take your work to the next level, so be mindful!
In order to get closer to your goal, it is important that you stick to the plan and thus your success is programmed. The plan doesn’t take much time, more important is: Do you really want this? If so, then get started now!
Day 1 – Your goals
Write down which ultimate goal you want to reach. How many more people would you like to have in your network after one month?
Goals are super important, and if you write them down, the probability that you will reach your goal is about 95% – crazy isn’t it?
Day 2 – Today you create your action plan
Over the next 30 days, each person you talk to and each event you attend should be addressed. Ask yourself the following questions.
- Who would I like to have in my network?
- What is my specific career focus?
- What is my goal for the next 3 years?
- Is there someone I have always wanted to meet and have in my network?
- What is my long-term goal for the next 5 to 10 years?
Day 3 – Tell someone your plan.
Share yourself with someone you know and trust, so that a commitment is made and you can pick up “a good kick up the bum” from someone who knows you well. Find people to make masterminds with or join Facebook groups or Meetups.
Day 4 – Find people to talk to
Have you ever checked your network to see if there are people there you would like to know more about? Maybe they have a small network and could use some help. If you know someone who seems wonderfully suitable, just connect them.
Day 5 – Take a time-out in your calendar for one day per week
Pick a day out every week when you will meet people on a regular basis. Maybe for lunch or on Tuesdays after work. Alternatively Skype with people if you cannot meet them in person.
Day 6 – Create a list of people you no longer have contact with
You feel like you’re taking too little time for the people closest to you. Your friends and family? Today you’re making a list of all the friends and family members you want to exchange with.
Day 7 – Create a 2 x 2 list (or a 4 x 4 list, depending on how motivated you are) and contact these people.
Create a plan, either you meet with the two people you already know or with two people you don’t know yet. Contact these people and you will see if there is interest or not. You don’t have to meet these people in person if it’s not possible. E.g. you might live too far apart or even in different countries or continents, then contact them via another medium like telephone or Skype.
Day 8 – Explore or Google People
If you already have appointments with people you don’t know yet, it makes sense to inform yourself about them beforehand. This way you can make sure that you get the most out of the information sessions. LinkedIn, Google, Xing or Facebook are very useful tools.
Think about what the goal of the meeting is and do some research beforehand. You never know who the person knows.
Day 9 – Make a list of questions you’d like to ask at meetings.
You now know with whom you will meet. Do you have your questions ready? Which ones have you thought about? Questions you could ask are:
- What do you prefer to do and what interests you the most?
- What do you love most about your job?
- What was the best experience you ever had in your job?
- What do you like most about the company you work for?
- Who else can you recommend that I could interview?
Day 10 – Your outfit for the meeting
Wear clothes to the meeting that make you feel comfortable. Don’t dress up just because the other person you will meet may always wear a suit and tie. Put on clothes that suit you and make you feel comfortable.
The person opposite will notice if you don’t feel well.
Day 11 – The power of Meetups
Research where possible Meetup Groups meet. Is there a group that is all about your subject area? Then join, sign up, and make new contacts. The media makes it so much easier these days.
Day 12 – How well do you know your colleagues? Your classmates or your friends?
Sometimes the people sitting right in front of you are the most interesting and we are so busy with our work that we don’t notice them. We spend so much time with them. Why don’t you just meet some of them, or plan to meet a different colleague every week. For example, for lunch. This is a very good opportunity.
Think about it:
You can find more friends in two months by you taking an interest other people than in two years by getting other people interested in you.
Day 13 – Sports clubs, adult education centres, Meetups or other interest groups
Look, which clubs there are in your city, is there a topic which interests you? Have courage, go there and expand your network. Usually there are trial days or trial months, and if you don’t like it, at least you have had a try.
Day 14 – What do your old schoolmates do?
Do you still have contact to old classmates, but haven’t contacted them for ages? Then now is a good time. Maybe you are even planning a class reunion? This is the best opportunity to get in touch again, isn’t it? And you have a lot in common, making contact shouldn’t be too difficult.
Day 15 – Events and seminars
Have you ever thought about the fact that there are certainly events, perhaps even training courses or seminars for your topics? Maybe there will also be a trade fair? Ideal for making contacts in the same subject area, don’t you think?
Now check out where which events are, and pick the best ones.
Day 16 – Create your own event
If you haven’t found an event in your city, why not do your own Meetup? The first Meetup you create is free of charge.
Day 17 – Day of Compliments
No matter where you are today – in the supermarket, in the shoe shop, maybe you just go to the gas station today. Then you’ll be complimenting at least two people today. And if things go well, you’ll get in touch with them. Making a win-win situation and by the way: Giving compliments makes you happy and the person that receives it will feel good too. Try it out!
Day 18 – Birthdays are an ideal door opener
Everyone loves his birthday, not everyone celebrates it, but everyone is happy when he gets congratulations. Make a list of your contacts with their birthdays or check out Facebook or other social networking sites. You can use the birthday to get back in touch with the person.
Day 19 – LinkedIn, Xing and Co
When was the last time you checked your profile? Has it been a while? Then have a look whether you can update your profile. At the same time, you’ll attract people to your network who are interested in you now. Get recommendations from people you’ve already helped.
Day 20 – Tell friends and family where you want to go.
It is important that you talk about what your goal is, no matter who hears it, and even if it is not relevant to them at that moment. Maybe that person remembers your goal when someone else says the same thing and can connect you.
Day 21 – The first 21 days are over
Congratulations. Now plan your next 21 days or why not directly a month. How many people and especially who do you want to meet? Contact the people early, then it won’t turn into stress. Maximum networking success!
The way you can reach many people in a relatively short time is by organizing an online congress. Have you ever thought about it? Meanwhile there is a congress for almost every topic.
Nowadays you can really find everything from reading and spelling difficulties to Hashimoto Congress and Online Marketing. Tthere is almost no topic, which is not represented. And all have their justification.